Former foster youth and advocate, Autumn Taylor is a pillar in her community. Autumn enjoys providing her input and guidance on Advisory Boards and Councils that help dismantle systematic barriers in the community of Los Angeles County. Ms. Taylor’s mission is to transform trauma into triumph through healthy experiences. Her goal is to assure youth receive the resources and opportunities that are created for them. She is passionate about lending her voice and sharing her own experiences to inspire others, including youth and adults working with youth.
Autumn is a former Young Leader with the Opportunity Youth Collaborative, an initiative focused on connecting young people in foster care with education, employment, and opportunity. Moved by the Arts and Arts Education, Autumn is a former Youth Advisory Council member of the Arts Education Collective. There, she helped influence the future of Arts Education for youth in LA County by analyzing data and providing a crucial youth’s voice and insight for the new Regional Plan for Arts Education.
Ms. Taylor recently completed a two year Digital Media internship with Better Youth and Real to Reel Global sponsored by Adobe where she created two films Perception vs. Reality and Universe. As an alumni of this program she has been able to connect with industry professionals and work on various projects. Currently, she serves as Youth Advisory Board Member with Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project (LA RHEP), a campaign to reduce unintended pregnancies among young people in foster care in Los Angeles. Autumn is also a council member with Snap Foundation, where she helps identify pathways to the Creative Economy for youth of color ages 14-26, and is learning Philanthropy and Participatory grant making.
Prior to joining Supervisors Kuehl’s office, Autumn was a inaugural iFoster TAY AmeriCorps Ambassador, a program of former foster youth that help current and former foster youth receive their resources in order to be more successful. Autumn’s career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant, but has been exploring Community Planning and Economic development.